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Transfer 3.5" FLOPPIES Print Page

Step 1: Insert 3.5" Floppy Disk

Step 1: Insert 3.5" Floppy Disk 

Connect external floppy drive to computer's USB port.

When drive is flashing red, insert 3.5" floppy disk.


Step 2: Explore files

Step 2: Explore files

If there is data on your floppy, you can see it by clicking on the Finder icon in the desktop tray and opening the NO NAME drive listed under Devices.


In this example, the files are TXT or text files, which can be opened on this computer.

Some older formats such as WPD (Word Perfect Files) may not be compatible with contemporary operating systems. We recommend that you move all files off of your floppy and on to an accessible storage environment anyway. There are many conversion softwares available online for old file formats.



3.5" Floppy Disk

"Floppy disc" by Victor Korniyenko - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons -


How much time will this take?

Hard to say. It's quick to look at what files you have and transfer them, but it will take time to find conversion software for files that are unreadable on contemporary operating systems. As a first step, try opening files in Text Edit.

We recommend you use the lab session to transfer your files off of your floppies and research your file formats and available conversion software at home. 


How much storage space will I need?

1 floppy = > 1.5 MB when saved with our instructions.

Don't forget that some disks are 2-sided!


What if I don't have an external hard drive or USB?

Go to the Saving Options tab at the top of this page for other ways to save.


What equipment will I use today?

Sabrent 1.44MB External 2X Floppy Disk Drive


What software will I use today?

Text Edit


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